One Last Thing…

How is it that next week will be our last IS6621 class?! I can’t tell if it has to do with my impending graduation or this class in particular, but this semester seemed to fly by. Being the sentimental person I am, I took this opportunity to reflect on a couple of things about this course: blogging and tweeting, presentations, and class discussion topics.

Blogging and Tweeting

At the beginning of the semester, I remember worrying about how I would come up with unique and interesting topics to blog about. I’m not someone who can sit down and crank out a paper in a couple hours, so I was sort of dreading having to post every other week. Surprisingly, though, I’ve actually enjoyed writing these blog posts. They’ve given me a chance to research companies and products that I interact with frequently but know little about. Reading my classmates’ posts has also been fun as they’ve introduced me to topics I’d never even heard of before (hello, Fortnite).

Twitter is a bit of a different story. I was hesitant at the start of class when I heard we’d have to use the platform, and I can’t say that my opinions have changed that much. On the one hand, being on Twitter has helped me stay more up-to-date on current news and issues. However, tweeting still doesn’t seem natural to me and checking my feed certainly isn’t a high priority of my day. So, sorry Twitter, you might not be seeing much of me after this week.

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Presentations

Another part of the course I enjoyed was the individual presentations. Although it was a bit intimidating having to speak in front of the entire class, I appreciated getting feedback from my peers. It was interesting to see the difference in topics that people presented on. From finance to sports, the range proved that social media and digital innovation touches nearly every business and industry.

Of all the great presentations, a couple really stood out to me. First was Tara Kane’s presentation on the app Moments, which helps users track their iPhone use. One habit that I’m not proud of is looking at my phone right before bed and right after I wake up. Tara’s presentation (and her no-phone trial period) helped me realize that there are small steps I can take toward improving on this front without having to give up my phone entirely. I also enjoyed Tyler Cooke’s presentation on the language-learning app Duolingo. I had never heard of the app prior to his presentation and realized that it would be the perfect tool to help me brush up on my French in preparation for a trip to Paris that I’ll be taking in June.  Since Tyler’s presentation, I’ve downloaded the app and can confidently say that I’ve surpassed Joey’s level of fluency.

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Class Discussions

If you’d asked me at the beginning of the year what my favorite class lectures would be, I’d probably have said Managing Virality or the Facebook discussion. I mean, in what other class will part of the assigned reading be a case study on the Chris Brown ‘Forever’ Wedding video?! While I did enjoy those classes, one my favorites turned out to be Kabrina Chang’s lecture on the legal issues surrounding social media and other digital platforms. The cases we had to read for that class were so interesting and highlighted just how profound an effect social media is having on our nation’s legal system.

My other favorite class ended up being the lecture on blockchain. As an ops major, I’ve been hearing the term for quite a while now, but I never felt that I had a good grasp on the concept. There’s still a lot left to learn, of course, but I’m glad we had an entire class dedicated to the discussion.

To be honest, I’m not quite sure how to end a ‘final thoughts’ blog post. I guess the only thing really left to say is “thank you” and #ttyl.

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6 comments

  1. I have to agree with you on Twitter. Turns out I love blogging, but I just can’t get into the swing of Twitter willingly. I now see it as a valuable resource, which I didn’t before, but I think I am just destined to be a Twitter lurker.

  2. Really liked the post and reading your content through out the semester. I totally disagree with you on Twitter, but I was different in that I kind of replaced Instagram and Snapchat with it. I liked how you highlighted students’ presentations and I agree I think that helped me learn a lot about topics I would’ve never really explored. Ttyl!

  3. Great Reflections Magaret! I had a lot of trouble remembering to keep up with twitter sometimes so I totally feel that. I think not having a twitter before this class made for a rougher transition. Thanks for the shoutout, Duolingo has been huge for me in helping keep my Spanish up to date! The lecture on blockchain definitely helped me too, before the lecture I really didn’t know the first thing about blockchain and now I feel as though I can at least hold a conversation!

  4. I liked this closing blog post! I think it was great that you thought about the class as a whole and looked back to share your favorite lecture. This reflection made me want to reflect on my time in the class. I think it helped me realize more than I realized before!

  5. Nice post, Margaret!! I loved how you brought up the wide variety of presentation topics, discussing how that wide range drives home the point of the importance (and omnipresence) of technology. On a different note, I can completely related to your initial reservations about blog posts. Papers are something that I regularly dread doing. However, it turns out that having the ability to control your topic, length, visual additions, etc. can make the process a lot less painful!

  6. It’s funny that you mention that you had such a reservation about Twitter and still do. For someone who has been an avid Tweeter for years, I thought that having to tweet every week was the most natural part of the class. I do agree with you that Twitter did force me to stay up to date on current events, especially the Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony on Capitol Hill. If it weren’t for this class, I don’t think I would have taken as much of an interest in the scandal, I definitely would have missed out on all of the great Zuckerberg memes!

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